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Manta Aircraft ANN2

 
Manta Aircraft ANN2.

 

ANN2
Manta Aircraft SA
Lugano, Switzerland
www.mantaaircraft.com

Based in Switzerland, Manta Aircraft is a design and manufacturing company of hybrid-electric and all-electric vertical short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The CEO is Lucas Marchesini. The company is designing their aircraft using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software for all aspects of their aircraft, including but not limited to flight dynamics, flight controls and its power source. The company plans to sell their aircraft to the consumer, to businesses and to the government.

The ANN in the model name is a tribute to Marchesini's partner Annalisa Sericano who passed away in 2019. Sericano was an accomplished glider pilot and loved the Manta Aircraft project, so Marchesini's friends and colleagues decided to name their aircraft ANN, in her memory.

The ANN2 Speeder is a two passenger aircraft used for UAM, air racing, emergency assistance, search and rescue, police, fire or any other type of special operations where VTOL and high speed forward flight is needed. The company states their aircraft can take off and land vertically, and with its canard wings, the aircraft can take off and land on very short runways and achieve high speeds during forward flight. By using a hybrid-electric power system, using a turbine engine to product electricity for the electric motors and onboard batteries, the aircraft can carry a higher payload and have a longer range. The hybrid-electric version can also recharge the batteries during flight.

The company plans to make a range of aircraft with seating from one to five passengers and can be powered with eco-fuel. As the airframe is the company is like a conventional plane, the company expects certification to take place faster than newly manufactured eVTOL aircraft. The company also states all their aircraft are being designed for autonomous flight in the future. 

The aircraft is made using a modular design to make it easy to manufacturer and repair the aircraft. If part of the aircraft gets damaged, due to its modular design, it will be easy to fix the aircraft. The company has done everything to reduce the number of components in the aircraft, making it easier for maintenance crew to fix the aircraft. 

One of the goals of Manta Aircraft is to make their V/STOL aircraft have exceptional maneuvering capabilities by mixing an airplane and helicopter-type capabilities into one vehicle. The company states the aircraft will be able to perform some interesting maneuvers which is impossible for today’s airplanes and helicopters such as having the ability to hover in midair, perform a backward flip, and jaw and roll beyond what standard flight control surfaces would allow.

On Nov. 26, 2020, Urban Air Mobility News reported they saw Manta Aircraft make a Tweet about successfully making a ⅓ scale demonstrator that is almost 3 m (almost 10 feet) long. The demonstrator is for both the ANN-1 racer aircraft and the ANN-2 personal aircraft.

The company has also developed a global Formula Air Grand Prix competition for air racing, to bring the electric aviation industry together and to give individual companies in the industry a platform to showcase their technologies to a larger audience. The company points out that competitions are an effective way to foster advancement in technology.

The company's goal is to keep the cost of the cost of the aircraft to be less than or equal to the cost of a helicopter. However, the operating cost of the aircraft is expected to be about one-tenth or less than a helicopter. The target is to make the Manta Aircraft's operating cost around $250 per hour and keeping spare parts costs to a minimum. The company plans for production to begin in 2023.  

 

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric and electric vertical short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft
  • Piloting: 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 2 passengers including the pilot
  • Flight controls: Fly-by-wire plus a network of flight control computers making it easier for pilots to fly the aircraft
  • Cruise speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
  • Range: 300 km (373 m)
  • Propellers: 8 ducted fans. (4 ducted fans for VTOL are stationary. 4 tilting ducted fans for VTOL flight.)
  • Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric or electric
  • Windows: Panoramic canopy with forward, left and right visibility for spectacular views for the passengers.
  • Wings: Canard wings
  • Landing gear: Tricycle-wheeled retractable landing gear
  • Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. The aircraft can also land like a conventional airplane its VTOL capability becomes disabled. The aircraft will also have a whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute. 


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